employing their SPOT vision screening device

Camden Lions hosts free vision screening clinic

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CAMDEN — The Camden Lions will be holding a free vision screening clinic in the Children’s Room of the Camden Public Library on Saturday, November 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Lions own a SPOT vision screening device, which can scan individuals without the use of eye drops or physical contact. The device can detect 6 different issues with the eye in people aged 6 months to 50 years of age. Based on the results of the scan, an evaluation referral report can be printed to recommend further evaluation from an eye specialist.

The six eye conditions that SPOT can detect are: Myopia (near-sightedness), Hyperopia (far-sightedness), Anisometropia (unequal refractive power), Astigmatism (blurred vision, eye structure issue), Anisocoria (pupil size deviations), and Strabismus (eye misalignment, gaze).

At the Union Fair and Blueberry Festival in August, the Lions scanned 71 adults and children and made 7 referrals. Five of those referrals were children. When children have an eye condition, it is difficult for them to follow classroom activities. The referral reports provided by the SPOT scans give an eye specialist an opportunity to see an early indication of the patient’s condition.

“Early detection of issues related to vision can be critically important to helping improve a child’s performance in the classroom and their experience of life in general,” said the Lions, in a news release.

For the vision screening event at the Camden Public Library, participants will be asked to wear masks while inside the library. To avoid congestion inside the library, the Children’s Garden outside the Children’s Room will serve as a “waiting area.”

In 1917, Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become “Knights of the Blind.” Since that time, the Lions have followed her wish. Sight conservation is a Lion Clubs’ primary objective. Vision screening is part of that objective. Learn more about the Camden Lions Club on their website at: camdenlionsclub.com.

Event Date: 

Sat, 11/20/2021 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Event Location: 

Camden Public Library

Address: 

55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843
United States